Robotic assistants test new technology on space station

Kennedy Space Center (FL), April 24, 2024 – In science fiction movies, we often see robots zipping around a spaceship performing various tasks. What was once only the stuff of science fiction has now come to life aboard the International Space Station (ISS), where NASA's free-flying robots known as Astropieces assist astronauts and conduct valuable research.

In a recent issue upwards, the official journal of the ISS National Laboratory, see how researchers are using AstroPeace-Queen, Honey and Bumble to test innovative new technology with important applications for future space missions and returns to Earth. In one investigation, engineering firm Bosch teamed up with aerospace firm Astrobotic to test smart microphone technology using AstroPeace, which creates a sense of sounds by dissonance in the spacecraft and other equipment. In another project, researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the German Space Agency used robots to test algorithms and technology to help recover floundering satellites in space.

AstroPeace helps build the future space industry workforce through MIT's Zero Robotics Competition, a Space Station Explorers partner program. Students in grades 6-12 compete in a competition to write computer code to control free-flying robots in challenges aboard the space station. By teaching students valuable coding skills and giving them the opportunity to interact with astronauts on the station, Zero Robotics aims to inspire students to pursue careers in science and engineering fields.

Read more at upwards Article „Free-flying robots in space: How real-life droids are testing new technology.” upwards The ISS is dedicated to communicating the results of national laboratory-sponsored experiments that demonstrate the value of space-based research and technology development. Full upwards Along with previous issues, Volume 7, Issue 1 is now available for download.

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